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She found her way to Washington D.C. by the mid 80s and worked as an international affairs fellow. In 1989, she became director of Soviet and East European affairs with the National Security Council, and special assistant to President George H.W. Bush during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and German reunification. In 1997, she was on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military.

President George W. Bush appointed Rice as national security adviser by in 2001, becoming the first Black woman (and second woman) to hold the position. This was right before again made history as the first Black female U.S. Secretary of State, a post she held from 2005 to 2009.

Highlights from Rice’s tenure as Secretary of State include negotiating the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, fighting against various kinds of slavery and helping to negotiate a U.S./India agreement on peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Rice returned to her teaching post at Stanford in 2009, has written four books and in August 2012, became one of the first two admitted into previously all-male August National Golf Club. In other words, she got game—literally and figuratively.

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